"Final stages" of political negotiations in Libya

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Bernardino Léon (shown on screen) briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The political dialogue process to find a peaceful solution to the crisis that has ravaged Libya for over one year is drawing to its final stages.

That's according to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino León, who was briefing the Security Council on Wednesday.

Libya has been unstable and plagued by factional fighting since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Stephanie Coutrix has the story.

It has been seven months since the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) launched a political dialogue process to find a peaceful solution to the conflict which intensified one year ago.

The head of UNSMIL, Bernardino León, told members of the Security Council that he is increasingly confident that the process is drawing to its final stages.

"This has been a difficult and challenging process, but one that has proven increasingly resilient despite repeated attempts by spoilers on all the sides, whose narrow interests and agendas dictate against a peaceful solution to the conflict in Libya."

Mr León added that the talks have come a long way in narrowing what he called the "trust deficit" that exists among Libya's political stakeholders.

He said it will be the determination and commitment of Libyans themselves which will safeguard the country's national unity and territorial integrity.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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